Individual and Household Factors influencing Voluntary Delayed Childbearing among Women in Osun State, Nigeria


  • Adejo V. Ikoojo
  • Bola L. Solanke
  • Semiu A. Rahman


Childbearing, voluntary delayed childbearing, women, reproductive health, Osun state


This study examined the individual and household factors influencing voluntary delayed childbearing among women in Osun State, Nigeria. The sample size was 282 women aged 35-49 years. The outcome variable was voluntary delayed childbearing dichotomised into yes or no. The explanatory variables were sets of individual and household characteristics. Data were analysed using Stata 14. Findings show that 18.8% of the women had voluntarily delayed childbearing. Late age at first marriage (AOR=1.698, p<0.01; 95% CI: 1.494-1.929), higher education (AOR=2.235, p<0.01; 95% CI: 1.799-2.776), higher monthly income (AOR=2.622, p<0.01; 95% CI: 1.850-3.714), participation in household decisions (AOR=1.224, p<0.05; 95% CI: 1.074-1.394), and residing in households with highest wealth index (AOR=1.252, p<0.05; 95% CI: 1.073-1.461) were significant individual and household factors influencing voluntary delayed childbearing. The study suggests the development of a Family Health Strategy to be integrated into the Osun State Development
Plan (2019-2028).